How should an employee respond when law enforcement arrives after an active shooter event?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an employee should do the following when law enforcement arrives on the scene after an active shooter event:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions;
  • Put down any items in his or her hands, e.g., bags or jackets;
  • Raise hands in the air and spread fingers;
  • Keep hands visible at all times;
  • Avoid quick movement towards officers, such as holding on to them for safety;
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling; and
  • Not ask questions when evacuating.

An employer should stress to its employees that they will likely be held by law enforcement in a designated area until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.